Dave Jenks: Futurist on a Free Enterprise Mission

How to lose 60 pounds in 6 months

On November 22nd I weighed 275 pounds, today May 22nd I weigh 215 pounds.  That makes me a “big loser” and now qualified to give advice on weight loss.  So here are my three secrets on “how to lose 60 pounds in 6 months:

1.  Start by being 80 pounds over-weight.  Being obese is the real secret to losing a lot of weight fast.

2.  Change jobs, sell your home, get rid of nearly all your possessions, move across the country and create so much change in your life that you don’t remember which bad habits you actually had.

3.  Live with a person who buys all the food, prepares it for you and herself eats like a bird.  You still get to eat everything on your plate, it’s just a really small plate.

There you have it: Dave’s secrets to dramatic weight loss.  He’s ready to write a book.  Do you think it will be a best seller?  Right!  Just like “How I Built Long-term Wealth Investing in Derivatives.”

Actually, this has been an interesting journey.  I didn’t set out to lose a lot of weight.  I just wanted to get healthier – maybe even de-age a bit.  I was tired of being tired.  And, another upsize in my wardrobe didn’t seem like the right place to spend my money.

So, I visited a highly-recommended physician in White Plains, NY: Susan Blum, MD.  She’s a wellness doctor and she took a full hour to get my medical history and another hour to develop a personal health strategy for me.  How many doctors do that?

She said that it’s all about managing blood sugar and reducing the body’s cravings for food – the wrong food.  She talked about the dangers of high glycemic foods, bad fats and cortisols.  And, she clarified the real causes of high cholesterol and adrenal exhaustion.

She then focused on the benefits of low-gluten, dairy-free and organic foods.  She recommended massages, meditation and moderate exercise.  And, she added just a couple of nutritional supplements: a morning protein shake, fish oil tablets, vitamin B complex and some flaxseed meal.

She prescribed no drugs or medications.  In fact, I stopped taking my cholesterol  drugs, my blood pressure meds and my anti-aging hormone replacements.  I felt it would be better to not have to deal with the side-effects of these prescriptions.  The warnings that come with them are scary reading, at the very least.

So here we are six months later and what an amazing difference in my energy level and sense of well-being.  I suppose that not lugging two thirty-pound barbells around my waste would make me feel lighter on my feet.  But, the amazing thing is how smoothly and easily this has all happened.

And, the blood work tells a more internal story.  My triglycerides are down from 190 to 56, total cholesterol is down from 195 to 132,  HDL’s are up from 37 to 41 and my resting heart rate dropped from 80 to 68.  In November, I was pre-diabetic (insulin resistant) and now I’m in the normal range.

I am in no way qualified to make health or weight-loss recommendations.  I just wanted to share my story.  If it motivates anyone to take a more serious look at their own health, I will be gratified.  If you decide to make some changes, then find the right nutritional wellness coach to be your guide and do what they say.

My one serious piece of advice would be to avoid the quick-weight-loss programs and realize that the long-haul is what matters.  Let the weight come off as it will; that really isn’t the issue.  Your energy, health and well-being are.

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  1. Jay Papasan says:

    Congrats, Dave. Sixty pounds is no small feat! The blood work is great too. Keep it up!

  2. JamesD says:

    Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

  3. Maria says:

    Wow! That is a fantastic accomplishment. I congratulate you will all my heart.
    Well written story.

  4. Karen Arlick says:

    Wow Dave, keep up the good work!

    I also just switched to a healthier lifestyle after reading The Wisdom and Healing Power of Whole Foods. I also purchased a Vita-Mix so that I could get more nutrition from the food I was eating. The Vita-Mix machine breaks up the cell walls of fruits and vegetables therefore the body digests more of the nutrition than just eating the foods whole. The Vita-Mix makes delicious smoothies, soups, ice cream and more. Now I finally get the recommeded 9 servings of fruits and veggies a day. It’s made a huge difference in my life. Sounds like an infomercial, sorry! It’s just another easy way to do what you already accomplished.

    Everyone has a system and looks like yours has worked for you! Keep up the good work!

  5. Dave,

    Glad to see you back in action. Was wondering what you were doing. I too have lost a lot of weight, 45 pounds to be exact. How? I asked myself everytime I had something in my hand, “Is what I am about to eat consistent with me weighing 185?” Yes, eat or drink it, no, don’t. Currently weight 187; not bad Uh?

    Still writing Nuggets For The Noggin. At last count have about 300 of them. Started posting them on http://www.NuggetsForTheNoggin.com.

    Happy Thanksgiving Mon Frere, you are and always have been “The Man!”


  6. Michael Hodson says:

    Dave… The new look and now… wow 60lbs…congratualtions! I have been on the same path, a more holistic approach with wiser choices, nutrition and health management, measuring and tracking the numbers and have gone from 230 to 196 and hopefully another 15 will get me where I can be light on my feet again, feeling younger and more energetic.

    I look forward to (with your mention) going back to regular massage and meditation… I miss it honestly. I always thought of it as a luxury instead of a model tool.

    You look great… Take care!